The Common Good

Results for Creation Care

Air Pollution Shuts Down Entire City
Originally Posted: 10/22/2013 - 2:36pm | Type: Blog

Unprecedented levels of air pollution effectively closed the city of Harbin in northern China earlier this week. Unprecedented levels of air pollution effectively closed the city ...

Christians Making the Climate Discussion Their Own
Originally Posted: 10/21/2013 - 3:30pm | Type: Blog

There’s a debate happening on The Christian Post, and we’re hearing more and more evangelical voices expressing concern over climate change. There’s a debate happening on The Chr ...

Why the Silence on U.S. Oil Spills?
Originally Posted: 10/18/2013 - 3:00pm | Type: Blog

For the many stakeholders, including big business and politicians, the political and financial incentives to keep mum on spills and minimize media exposure carry incredible weight. And then it must be asked, w ...

SLIDESHOW: 'Rev. Riverkeeper' in Action
Originally Posted: 10/09/2013 - 9:51am | Type: Magazine Article

The Editors Dottie Yunger puts her faith into action as the Anacostia Riverkeeper. As Dottie Yunger writes in ...

What Happens in Texas Doesn't Stay in Texas: The Battle Over Science Textbooks
Originally Posted: 10/02/2013 - 10:54am | Type: Blog

Over the last few weeks of hearings on science textbooks, there has been a strong push from anti-science activists and Creationists to weaken the teaching of not only evolution but climate change. ...

A 300-Mile Ride for Climate Justice
Originally Posted: 10/02/2013 - 9:52am | Type: Blog

I just completed my first Climate Ride, journeying 300 miles by bicycle over five days with 200 other climate activists. I just completed my first Climate Ride, journeying 300 mi ...

Surprising Stories of Climate Change Here in the U.S.
Originally Posted: 09/24/2013 - 2:20pm | Type: Blog

One of the obstacles to igniting a passion about climate change is that it feels so abstract; it feels like a future problem, a global problem. But it’s really a here and now problem. We took folks out on the ...

Ecojustice on the Louisiana Bayou
Originally Posted: 09/23/2013 - 12:37pm | Type: Blog

I probably shouldn’t have been so surprised to learn that there are ecojustice issues here in the U.S. — but I was. I always thought of climate change as something that affected d ...

Building a Collective Identity: 'Drawing the Line' in Communities of Faith
Originally Posted: 09/20/2013 - 2:23pm | Type: Blog

I’ll offer up a humble suggestion to those who are stuck. What if we use the best of what our faith communities has to offer and lean into the climate crisis? Not just in one way, but in three. No “one size fi ...

Energy News: What’s Happening This Week
Originally Posted: 09/04/2013 - 11:32am | Type: Blog

Churches going solar, pro-coal school curricula, and more in this wrap-up. David vs. Goliath:  Residents in a Colorado city are fighting their local coal monopoly for the chanc ...

Church Gardening As Peacemaking Ministry
Originally Posted: 08/14/2013 - 10:06am | Type: Blog

Fred Bahnson’s first bit of advice when he started planning a church garden eight years ago came from an elderly tobacco farmer who grabbed a handful of soil, rolled it around in his fingers and shook his head ...

Our First Divinely Appointed Vocation
Originally Posted: 08/13/2013 - 9:58am | Type: Blog

The command to care for soil is our first divinely appointed vocation, yet in our zeal to produce cheap, abundant food we have shunned it; we have tilled the adamah but we have not kept it. ...

The World as God Intends
Originally Posted: 08/07/2013 - 9:38am | Type: Magazine Article

Ed Stetzer New data shows that Protestant churches, including evangelicals, are increasingly involved in social action ministries. ...

I Would Walk 100 Miles — Grandparents Lead Climate Allies in Walk to D.C. for Climate Action
Originally Posted: 08/02/2013 - 8:26am | Type: Blog

During the week leading up to the “Summer Heat” demonstrations — protesting the Keystone XL pipeline and urging for action on climate change — about 25 people started a hike from Camp David to Washington, D.C. ...

Why We Divested
Originally Posted: 07/19/2013 - 5:46pm | Type: Blog

To many, our resolution to divest from fossil fuels was a scandal. So much so that months before the national Synod of the United Church of Christ (UCC) would consider it a well-funded, all-out campaign to def ...

How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Sparrow
Originally Posted: 07/19/2013 - 11:21am | Type: Blog

Here in Washington, when you ask someone “what’s your issue?” you don’t want to know what’s wrong with her or him — you’re asking, what policy issue do you work on? Where is your heart? ...

Evangelical Scientists Hold Press Conference to Urge Congress to Act on Climate Change
Originally Posted: 07/17/2013 - 5:02pm | Type: Press

July 10, 2013 Press Releases In light of the President’s announcement ...

Evangelical Scientists Call for Climate Action
Originally Posted: 07/11/2013 - 10:44am | Type: Blog

When you think of an evangelical Christian, do you think of a climate scientist who is passionately concerned about the impact of climate change? After this week, you should. Wh ...

Creation is Groaning
Originally Posted: 07/08/2013 - 12:45pm | Type: Blog

Then the story of humanity turns in the span of one chapter. And it all hinges on how the first humans interact with a tree — a part of God’s creation. Have you ever heard someon ...

Evangelism After the Storm
Originally Posted: 07/05/2013 - 12:33pm | Type: Blog

People of faith in particular must stop trying to figure out the letter of God’s law, and engage in the spirit of God’s law – a law that demands love and respect as standards of care for all of God’s creation, ...

As the World Turns, Congress Stands Still on Climate
Originally Posted: 07/03/2013 - 7:25am | Type: Blog

Many members of Congress are already taking steps to decry the president’s plan as a “war” – on coal, on American energy, and yes, even on America itself. Forget about future gen ...

Obama’s Climate Action Plan Paves a Road Ahead
Originally Posted: 06/28/2013 - 8:13am | Type: Blog

Yesterday was a momentous day for the creation care movement: after years of inaction from Congress, President Obama announced a major, comprehensive plan of action on climate change. ...

Climate Change Causing Longer U.S. Wildfire Season
Originally Posted: 06/05/2013 - 2:53pm | Type: Blog

Top United States Forest Service official told Congress hotter, dried conditions produced by climate change are causing America's longer wildfire season and increasing the amount of land burned. ...

Environmental Groups Support Immigration Reform
Originally Posted: 06/03/2013 - 1:25pm | Type: Blog

The Sierra Club, BlueGreen Alliance and Greenpeace have come out in support comprehensive immigration reform measures. The Sierra Club, BlueGreen Alliance and Greenpeace have come ...

'Fiddling While the World Burns:' A Faithful Response to Partisan Gridlock
Originally Posted: 05/20/2013 - 8:04pm | Type: Blog

Thanks to people of faith who are watching and speaking up for the care of creation, Gina McCarthy’s nomination will now proceed to the entire Senate floor. By calling on Congress to work for the common good, ...

Climate Research Nearly Unanimous: Climate Change Caused by Human Activity
Originally Posted: 05/16/2013 - 3:27pm | Type: Blog

97.1% of scientific journals agree that climate change is caused by humans. An overwhelming 97.1 percent of peer-reviewed papers in scientific journals agree that climate change ...

The Lord Will Destroy the Destroyers of the Earth (Rev. 11:18)
Originally Posted: 05/14/2013 - 11:12am | Type: Blog

Reflection and restraint, for millennia, have been the twin pillars of historic conservatism. Not now. We in our era have accomplished something no other civilization would have c ...

America's First Climate Refugees
Originally Posted: 05/14/2013 - 11:40am | Type: Blog

The residents of Newtok, Alaska could see their village washed away within 5 years, making them the first American climate refugees. The residents of Newtok, Alaska could see the ...

Climate Change Will Cut Habitats by 2080
Originally Posted: 05/13/2013 - 11:59am | Type: Blog

Biologists concluded global warming will destroy more than half of the habitats of most plants and a third of animals by 2080 A recent study by biologists and climate researchers ...

Mark Driscoll: Gas-Guzzlers a Mark of Masculinity
Originally Posted: 05/09/2013 - 12:32pm | Type: Blog

"I know who made the environment. He's coming back and he's going to burn it all up. So yes, I drive an SUV." And after presenting his driving credentials, Rev. Driscoll reportedly added:&q ...

U.S. Emissions Proposal Could Energize UN Climate Negotiations
Originally Posted: 05/08/2013 - 4:15pm | Type: Blog

The U.S. climate change envoy proposed allowing countries to create their emissions reduction plans rather than working toward one goal. The U.S. climate change envoy proposed all ...

Religious Belief In Second Coming Of Christ Could Slow Global Warming Action
Originally Posted: 05/07/2013 - 4:12pm | Type: Blog

The widespread belief in "end-times" and the "Second coming" of Christ could impact the environmental policy movement negatively. A study published May 1 from ...

Climate Change May Bring Drought to Temperate Areas
Originally Posted: 05/06/2013 - 2:51pm | Type: Blog

A NASA led study found climate change may increase rainfall in some areas and drought in other areas. A NASA led study found climate change may increase rainfall in some areas an ...

Why Am I Flying to Kenya When I Have So Much Work to Do At Home?
Originally Posted: 05/02/2013 - 12:49pm | Type: Blog

Is there anything more important to us than the air we take into our lungs every few seconds? The water that keeps us and all living things going? The soil that roots our food and our communities? Or the weath ...

General Motors Calls on Washington to Work Together on Climate Change
Originally Posted: 05/02/2013 - 11:53am | Type: Blog

General Motors signs the Climate Declaration. General Motors signed the Climate Declaration. The statement is part of a new initiative by businesses for greater action on global w ...

Earth's Greenhouse Gas Levels Approach Milestone
Originally Posted: 05/01/2013 - 2:14pm | Type: Blog

The ratio of carbon dioxide in Earth’s atmosphere is approaching with 400 parts per million. The ratio of carbon dioxide in Earth’s atmosphere is approaching with 400 parts per m ...

Biblical Economics and Ecology for the 21st Century
Originally Posted: 05/01/2013 - 12:38pm | Type: Blog

The Bible calls for an entire year of rest for the land and its workers, every seventh year. Deuteronomy adds that in that year, everyone’s debts are annulled. (Deut. 15: 1-3). Thus the Bible sees economics an ...

Keystone XL: People of Faith Say 'All Risk, No Reward'
Originally Posted: 04/30/2013 - 9:00am | Type: Blog

The occurrence of major natural disasters has quadrupled over the last 20 years, leading to increased rates of flooding, drought, famine, and disease that often hit the world's poorest populations the har ...

On Scripture: Earth Day, God, and the Apocalypse
Originally Posted: 04/24/2013 - 10:01am | Type: Blog

Some Christians have a tendency to think, “Well, if I’m off to heaven, I shouldn’t care much about this silly earth of ours. It’s just a temporary home, after all.” Have you ever ...

EPA Gives Rebuttal to State Department's Keystone Analysis
Originally Posted: 04/23/2013 - 5:10pm | Type: Blog

The EPA yesterday called into question the State Department’s findings on Keystone XL and echoed the concerns of environmental activists everywhere: the Keystone Pipeline would be greatly exacerbate climate ch ...

Top 5 Earth Day Videos
Originally Posted: 04/22/2013 - 4:34pm | Type: Blog

A roundup of the top 5 Earth Day videos. Today is Earth day! More than 1 billion people in 192 countries are participating in Earth Day festivities, which means there must be some ...

5 (Stupid) Reasons Christians Reject Environmentalism
Originally Posted: 04/22/2013 - 3:09pm | Type: Blog

Earth Day is rarely celebrated within mainstream Christianity beyond a Sunday sermon, and environmentalism is often frowned upon by evangelical leaders instead of championed. Here are the main reasons Christia ...

Palms, Matzah, Our Planet and the White House: A Religious Act of Civil Disobedience
Originally Posted: 03/25/2013 - 11:50am | Type: Press

March 22, 2013 Sojo in the News Rabbi Arthur Waskow ...

At Inaugural Mass, Pope Francis Calls for Defending Environment, Poor
Originally Posted: 03/19/2013 - 3:10pm | Type: Blog

Pope Francis issued a powerful call for the protection of the environment and of society’s most vulnerable during his formal installation Mass at the Vatican, while qualifying his papal power as a “service” to ...

God’s Earth is Crying Out; God’s People, Responding, Must Prepare for Jail
Originally Posted: 03/15/2013 - 1:22pm | Type: Blog

God’s creation is in danger; and to call upon the powers of the world to heal it, God’s people are prepared to go to jail. God’s creation is in danger; and to call upon the pow ...

The Washington Post is Wrong on Keystone XL
Originally Posted: 03/12/2013 - 7:22pm | Type: Blog

The Washington Post editorial board misses the entire meaning of the forest of protests over the last 18 months. The day after the  Washington Post  announced it was  moving it ...

Faith Groups Add Their Voices To The ‘Forward on Climate’ Chorus
Originally Posted: 02/21/2013 - 11:45am | Type: Press

February 19, 2013 Sojo in the News Catherine Woodiwiss ...

Catholics join largest climate rally in US history
Originally Posted: 02/19/2013 - 2:20pm | Type: Press

February 18, 2013 Sojo in the News Ellen Teague ...

Climate Rallies and a Golfing President
Originally Posted: 02/19/2013 - 11:18am | Type: Blog

In what can be described as a thought-provoking twist of irony, while thousands marched past the White House to move the president “Forward on Climate,” President Obama was out golfing, which just so happens t ...

Keystone Pipeline Will Be Stopped By A Miracle
Originally Posted: 04/04/2013 - 2:44pm | Type: Blog

An estimated 200 people of faith gathered in Washington, D.C., on Sunday morning in preparation for the Forward on Climate Rally on the National Mall. The brief prayer service preceded the larger rally of an e ...